Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Interview with Gears

Miami based hard/heavy rock act GEARS isn’t your average start-up garage band. Despite being confronted with a near disastrous setback at the cusp of their debut, headlining tour, jarring line-up changes, and financial challenges, the band has persevered and rebuilt.
Founded in February 2014, Trip 6 (Urban Rebel), Eli Parker (Endo), Tommy Herres (SCARLET CARSON) and Jimmy Wooten (SKINMASK) were all looking for new projects as their old ones had run their course.

They released Set in Motion in May 2014, immediately launching into their first headline run with support from I-Exist.
Later it developed that two of the founding members were unable to continue, leaving the band reeling and having to replace them with skilled, compatible substitutes.
In June 2015, Wooten and Six teamed with Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo, Stereomud, Dark New Day) and Troy Mclawhorn (Evanescence, Seether, Dark New Day) on their new EP Pride Comes Before the Fall, and announced the addition of new members Bobby Thomas and Chris Dorame.   
Palace of Rock had a chat with their drummer Jimmy Wooten. 

Hey, your band is often compared to Sevendust. Are you getting tired of hearing it or do you take it as an honor?

Jimmy-That’s a huge compliment. Love that band and the guys in it. I would never get sick of that compliment, are you kidding? They really are pioneers in modern hard rock/metal and I have all the respect in the world for them, not only as musicians, but they’re the most down to earth, cool cats you’ll ever meet, especially in music.

You have released 2 EP´s, Set in motion from 2014 and Pride comes before the fall (2016). What would you say the biggest difference between the EP´s is?

Jimmy-I think the biggest difference is the evolution of the music. I think they both definitely have a certain element or two that connect them, but I feel the songwriting has evolved so much from the first EP to the second. I’m super proud of both recordings, and with “Pride” I think we definitely stepped it up as far as musicality and lyrical content.

Eli Parker from Endo played guitar on the first EP, how come he isn´t around in the band anylonger?

Jimmy-Didn’t work out.

You collaborated with Corey Lowery on the new EP, how much was he involved in the songwriting process or did he just produce it?

Jimmy-He actually worked on both records with us. With the new EP, he was all in man. He was there every step of the way. We wrote together, he played bass and a lot of guitar on it, produced it, engineered it and mixed it. Corey is all over this record.

How do you feel about people staring down at their smartphones while going to a Gears show?

Jimmy-Haha…man, I don’t know. I mean, of course we hope that we engage every member of the audience, but I realize too that a lot of people have children and other major obligations outside of the venue. I just hope they’re not playing Candy Crush while we’re up there trying to give them a good show.

                                           (photo credit : Aaron Avila)

Are there any plans of making a LP or will you continue releasing EP´s?

Jimmy-I’d like to do a full length record at some point, but it just doesn’t seem practical to me at this point in the band. Being a new band building a fan base, we’d rather release an EP 12-18 months with the effort being focused on new material more frequently.

What are the 3 most important albums that are the reason why you became a musician?

Jimmy-There are so many, but if I have to pick only 3 right now, they’d probably be Led Zeppelin II, David Bowie-Aladdin Sane, and Faith No More-King For a Day…
The Drumming in Zeppelin and Faith No More was so heavy to me while I loved the theatrics of David Bowie.

If you had to live in a film as a new character, what film would you choose and why?

Jimmy-Anything that Martin Scorsese does. I love Mobster type movies. It’d be so cool to be some ruthless gangster that didn’t take shit from anyone. Just roll up on anyone that crossed me and put two in their skull. So badass.

What´s your favorite town outside the U.S?

Jimmy-I don’t really have one to be honest.

Do you find it hard to find topics to write lyrics about?

Jimmy-I don’t think it’s hard for us to find topics to write about. There’s just so much out there in the world and in our everyday lives. The hardest part, I think, is finding the right words to express whatever we’re feeling about the topics to the most accurate degree if that makes sense. We’re pretty passionate people and when we write lyrics together we really want them to convey and describe exactly what we’re feeling so our audience can feel what we mean in each song.

If you found out you only had 6 months left to live and were healthy enough to experience things, would you make a bucketlist and what would be on it?

Jimmy-For sure! Definitely a lot of visits to Football and Baseball Stadiums I haven’t seen yet. Maybe a few amusement parks and trips to see some bands that I haven’t seen live yet.

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